Earlier there was Team Anna. And in the backdrop was India Against Corruption which is now rechristened or hijacked ( depending upon who your believe) as Final war against corruption. Now there are two separate groups- Kejriwal and Anna with the former wanting to set up political party and the latter wanting to continue a people’s movement against corruption.
Both noble ideas I would say but the muck that has been flowing on the twitter and Facebook is making me believe that discussion is not so much about different strategies that these two groups are adopting but more about whether you like Kejriwal or Anna.
Anna is adorable, he is a Gandhian,his voice is mesmerizing and at his age he is fighting a war against corruption is commendable.
Kejriwal could have been making money like so many IRS officers but he fighting against some of the most powerful forces and people in India. He is a man of impeccable integrity. And just to put record straight- a lot of state governments and Central Government also receive funding from world bank.
Both are remarkable leaders. The problem however is that their followers have started idolizing them. Idolizing leaders or political leaders has done no country any good. German’s idolized Hitler and we all know what happened. When we idolize we have the tendency to live the past and not look in to the future. There is no scope for criticism or discussion.
I don’t know whether Anna’s movement or Kejriwal’s jump into politics is the answer to India’s corruption problem. And I doubt if anyone knows the answer- only the time will tell. What I know is that these two paths that have the same goal. Now instead of supporting each other if we start fighting then from where we will get energy to fight the real issue.
The real issue as a reminder is to Fight Corruption.